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I've got good news, and I've got bad news... which do you want first?

By  Don Loepp    |    March 4, 2014 12:30 pm ET    |   Comments

Plastics are the topic this week of some high-profile stories in the mainstream media. The topics: chemical safety and durable goods recycling.

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Our video report on Tech Molded Plastics, our Processor of the Year

By  Don Loepp    |    February 25, 2014 9:13 pm ET    |   Comments

One of the highlights of our Plastics News Processor of the Year award is the unveiling of the videos that we produce about all of the finalists.

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Our video reports on Protoplast and AMA Plastics, our Processor of the Year finalists

February 25, 2014 9:28 pm ET    |   Comments

The big winner in our Processor of the Year contest this year is Tech Molded Plastics Inc. We had two other excellent finalists for the award — both custom injection molders. Here are the video reports we prepared on the companies.

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What sort of entry-level workers are we getting from the millennial generation?

By  Don Loepp    |    February 24, 2014 11:02 am ET    |   Comments

Is it tough to manage today's entry-level employees? Plenty of plastics company managers seem to think so.

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Plastics get the blame for Apple's iPhone 5c failure

By  Don Loepp    |    February 18, 2014 3:48 pm ET    |   Comments

OK, I confess, it was exciting when Apple Inc. unveiled the iPhone 5c in September, and design chief Jony Ive called it "beautifully, unapologetically plastic."

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Apple design chief Jony Ive stressed the high-end manufacturing that goes into the one-piece polycarbonate outer body of the iPhone 5c.


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Behind the numbers of our latest ranking of thermoformers

By  Don Loepp    |    February 17, 2014 9:41 am ET    |   Comments

Plastics News publishes our 2014 ranking of North American Thermoformers today. In print, we rank the top 100, but online we've got full data for 224 companies. Let's take a look at some of the numbers behind the ranking.

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Last week, plastics were No. 1 at the box office

By  Rhoda Miel    |    February 10, 2014 4:19 pm ET    |   Comments

For once, the plastic that won the day at North American box offices didn't involve plastic surgery.


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Chicago-area processor on the big stage: The Super Bowl

By  Don Loepp    |    February 2, 2014 11:41 pm ET    |   Comments

MacNeil Automotive Products Ltd. put plastics manufacturing on the big stage, with a 30-second advertisement during the 2014 Super Bowl that was all about U.S.-based manufacturing.


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Hoffer Plastics featured on PBS NewsHour

By  Don Loepp    |    January 27, 2014 5:13 pm ET    |   Comments

On Oct. 24, Hoffer Plastics Corp, our 2011 Plastics News Processor of the Year, was featured on the PBS NewsHour program for its efforts to train workers to be prepared for manufacturing jobs.


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When it comes to music, vinyl is up, polycarbonate is down, but 'neither' is still winning

By  Rhoda Miel    |    January 22, 2014 2:42 pm ET    |   Comments

Despite what hipsters and music snobs may want you to believe, vinyl records are not the way most Americans listen to their tunes.


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